Kristina is the founder and owner of Mindful Evolution.
She is a Holistic Wellness Coach & Teacher, 200hr Experienced-Registered Yoga Teacher affiliated with Yoga Alliance, a Certified Massage Therapist, the studio manager at Yoga Bound, a passionate being driven by community, inquisition and growth and a natural born leader.
She lives in the beach town of Cardiff/Encinitas, where she teaches weekly SmartFLOW® yoga classes, restoratives, workshops, leads health and wellness programs at Yoga Bound, and host local and international yoga retreats.
IN HER WORDS…
At a young age, growing up in the American Midwest, I was first influenced by my father who was a pastor, instilling a strong idea and respect for discipline within my life. My trainings in Tibetan Buddhist Meditation while studying at Naropa University in Boulder, CO only deepened my personal insight and intrigue with the human body and the mind/body healing potential. After a long and rocky journey in my mid to late 20′s as a sommelier and manager in the fine dining business, I took the couragous leap and left the industry and its party lifestyle to pursue my path of living mindfully. This was scary and challenged me in ways I never thought imaginable.
I love education and have made it a point to study. I hold over 1000 hours in massage therapeutics, have a bachelors degree in both psychology and in women’s studies, and I continue to train, study, assist and mentor under my teacher, master yoga teacher and creator of SmartFLOW® Yoga, Annie Carpenter, in Los Angeles.
Though I live by the ocean now, I truly am a mountain girl at heart. I lived in the quaint ski town of Vail, Colorado for five years, which is where I began my second career in health & wellness – this was when I created Mindful Evolution. I taught weekly yoga classes, instructed specialized yoga workshops throughout the High Rockies, directed a yoga studio, led a teaching immersion for newer yoga teachers, and worked with individual yoga and massage clients.
During my time in Vail was also when I held my first large formatted fundraiser for the non-profit, Bridges Between (BB) – promoting education, health and agricultural awareness to the women and families of rural Nepal. I began to feel the inner spark and fulfillment that comes from connecting people within a community and bringing awareness to others in need on and off the (yoga) mat. Since then, I have made it a point to be invovled in the communities that I live in – connecting people, learning more and giving back when I can. Upon arriving to San Diego in the summer of 2013, I partnered with lululemon athletica of Carlsbad The Forum and hosted my second fundraiser for BB raising money for the third school completion. I am honored to be a yoga ambassador for lululemon athletica since 2012, with Manduka since 2011, and also with Ahnu Footwear; being a presence to inspire others and to keep living my own path fully!
As of most recently, I have become an affiliate with the San Diego based fitness organization called Fitn. Fitn offers several fitness facilities all under one single memership. Each time a member works out, a portion of money goes to local schools who have lost their P.E. programs. Fitn gives back and is helping to end childrenhood obesity. I have also partnered with the owner of Yoga Bound, Alana Bray Barrey, and we have created a 12-Day Clean Eating for Optimal Health & Wellness Program which we offer four times a year locally. The online program will launch in the fall of 2014.
My life is full and vibrant and at times it is a gentle reminder for me to slow down. I created Mindful Evolution to help others live an inspired, authentic and optimal experience within their lives. I believe that life is a practice, everyday offering us an opportunity to learn, grow and de-layer our self-limiting thoughts, fears and doubts. The practice of mindfully living is a rewarding one! And in this practice, I find balance by joyfully cooking while sipping on wine red, meeting new people, snowboarding, surfing, rock climbing, hiking, eating dark chocolate, loving on my cat, Oscar, and enriching my relationships to the best of my abilities as they present themselves.
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